More than I ever expected, lol. I started learning about law enforcement. I’m lucky enough to know our local sheriff and he has been invaluable in answering my endless questions and allowing me to spend time with him on the job. For each main character that I create, I spend time discovering as much as possible about their careers. For Don’t Look, my local vet allowed me to spend time with her in the clinic, it was eye-opening to say the least.
I also travel to the locations, even if they’re imaginary, I go to the general area I want to set the book. There’s nothing that replaces first-hand experience.
There’s always bits and pieces of people I know. They can be a family member or one of my college professors. Sometimes I see someone in the grocery store and I use their physical appearance to create a character. I’m a people watcher and I’m always jotting down aspects of strangers that catch my attention.
No. Each book is a standalone suspense with romantic couples who find their HEA. But various characters do appear in all the books so I recommend starting with Don’t Look.
It was a trip to Wisconsin to surprise my brother for his birthday. We were driving through the countryside after a late spring snowstorm. The snow blanketed everything in white. You could see forever and it struck me that it would be a perfect canvas for a serial killer.
It’s my favorite thing! When I finish a book I’m ready for something completely different. I love the fact I can jump into a murder mystery or delved into fantasy. It keeps everything fresh, something that isn’t always easy after 20 + years.
That’s weirdly one of the most difficult parts of writing for me. I start off with names that have meaning and reflect the character or give a feel for their personality, but sometimes I can be halfway through a book and realize it isn’t working because the name isn’t right. I can change it a dozen times before I finally write The End.
I introduced Javad in Darkness Returns and then he made appearances in the next two books. I realized that he was becoming much more than a secondary character and I needed to write his story. Still, it took time to find the perfect mate.
They will focus on the Rebels, a clan of vampires who were banished by the former Anasso. We’ll discover how they’ve survived and the danger they pose to Styx as he attempts to bring them into his family. You’ll also get a chance to see how the old characters are adjusting to their various mates.
After twelve books and several novellas I took a break in writing the Guardians of Eternity series. I was determined to ensure that the stories never became stale and I felt like I needed to clear my head. However, I realized that I was homesick for my Guardians. I missed Styx, and Viper, and especially Levet. It was time to return to that special world. Now they’re BACK!!
Hands down it’s Levet, my tiny gargoyle. He’s funny, clever, utterly loyal and he says all the things we wish we could. He’s the one character who always follows his heart, even when it leads him to trouble.